Israel Death from the Skies

A surprise attack from a hang glider kills six soldiers

The contraption looked like a giant red-and-white kite as it purred across Israel's northern border from Lebanon. Powered by a lawn mower-size engine and a small propeller, the hang glider whirred its way three miles into Israel. Israeli soldiers posted in south Lebanon heard the strange vehicle, but the helicopter gunships dispatched to identify the intruder could not find it. Finally, the hang glider landed with a thud in a field of thistles just north of the Israeli town of Qiryat Shemona.

Within minutes, the craft's single passenger was fulfilling his bloody mission. Armed with a Soviet-made Kalashnikov assault rifle, a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!